Leadership Intimacy

Align4Profit Leadership Development Blog

In the following posts of the Align4Profit leadership development blog, you’ll find fascinating news, helpful advice, and easy-to-implement leader-as-coach techniques and tips for leaders in all kinds of organizations.

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February 1, 2016

Doing Business Globally with Cultural Intelligence

Shaped by our everyday personal interactions, we humans expect each other to behave in somewhat prescribed ways. Politeness pleases us and bad manners offend us. Trouble is, manners and courtesy are interpreted very differently throughout the world. In this short, amusing video, you will see seven hand gestures that Americans not only use regularly but find completely acceptable. Around the world, however, they all can be interpreted as extremely offensive. One common gesture can even get you arrested. When it […]
January 18, 2016

Six New Training Programs MakeEight Great Ways to Lead Better in 2016

Anyone familiar with Align4Profit must be familiar also with our popular leadership development programs—Leadership Attraction Powers and our consistently award-winning CoachQuest: Leader-as-Coach program. We stage both training programs as open-enrollment events and bring them into organizations. To ring in 2016 and to help you and your organization make it a banner year for great leadership, we are happy to introduce six new training programs.
January 4, 2016

Three Ways to Beat Anxiety with Optimism in 2016

Late last year researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign established a relationship between optimism and anxiety. Common sense would suggest, of course, that optimistic people suffer less anxiety, but the research shows that healthy, optimistic adults not only suffer less from anxiety but have a more optimal size of the brain area associated with anxiety disorders, the orbitofrontal cortex. In The Athlete’s Way, Christopher Bergland, an ultra-endurance athlete, asked the question, “Can being optimistic change the size of […]
December 21, 2015

Girl’s Christmas Question Prompts Lesson for Leaders

The most popular and most often reprinted newspaper editorial of all time, “Is There a Santa Claus?” appeared in The New York Sun in September of 1897. Written by Francis Pharcellus Church, it responded to a letter from an eight-year-old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon. I present Church’s inspirational response, below, not to debate if there is a Santa Claus, but rather to remind us, as leaders, to renew our beliefs. Belief in what? In order to overcome what Church calls […]
December 7, 2015

How to Achieve Leadership Balance of Power

We all come to leadership loaded with qualities and shortcomings. We call this unique combination of pluses and minuses personality. On a level we cannot always discern, personality determines whether we attract or repel the people we are charged with leading. It follows that we cannot effectively lead others effectively unless we effectively manage and lead ourselves. For the purpose of better understanding how personality or personal qualities and shortcomings affect the effectiveness of leaders, I’ve examined and identified six […]
February 2, 2015

Playfulness: The power of play in the workplace

How many times have you seen an interview in which a movie star, a sports hero, or a hugely successful person sums up their passion for what they do with, “I absolutely love what I do!” Isn’t that the secret to happiness—loving what you do? Shouldn’t we all be doing what we love? If you’re one of the lucky ones who loves the work they do, I’ll bet you’re having fun. People who love what they do naturally have fun […]
January 19, 2015

Leadership Intimacy: Give the Man a Fish Already!

Rather than apply one kind of solution to all employees in need of help, Leadership Intimacy requires you to address the individual needs of each. To use an old proverb, rather than deliver leadership training that treats all executives as if they were all expert anglers or clumsy line-tanglers, Leadership Intimacy requires you to offer them solutions such as CoachQuest, Custom In-house, or Team Alignement programs that work on exactly what each leader needs. I was reminded of this when […]
December 15, 2014

14 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays

If you’ve read Lindsay Learns a Leadership Lesson from the Platinum Rule, you’re aware of the danger that follows from assuming all your employees celebrate the same things the same way. Rather than marking our differences, the spate of holidays packed into December points to the similarities so many cultures share. In the northern hemisphere, where most of contemporary year-end holidays have their origin, December was a time of rest and reflection. The harvest was over. Days grew shorter, nights […]
December 8, 2014

Four Japanese Leadership Lessons from Toyota

The Toyota production system (TPS) is recognized around the world for making Toyota an automotive manufacturing leader. I bring TPS to your attention because it is an integrated socio-technical system—that is, an organizational development approach that recognizes the interconnectedness of people and technology. My approach of Leadership Intimacy also recognizes the interconnectedness of people but goes further, insisting that no matter how many technical skills leaders develop or how much theoretical knowledge they accumulate, they will still succeed or fail […]